Science begins by imagining what is possible — asking "What If?" followed by testing to discover new possibilities. To be the partner of choice for companies shaping the future, we made targeted investments in laboratories, acquisitions and facilities to grow our capabilities and capacities. Empowered by our safety science expertise and our mission of working for a safer world, we developed and delivered transformative ideas, products and services.
Expanding our capacity to serve the automotive industry
As the automotive industry introduces innovations that reshape how we move from place to place, system safety remains the core requirement for these innovations. In acquiring Data Test Labs — a Michigan-based company committed to keeping mobility safe and focused on electrical, environmental and mechanical testing for automakers and their suppliers — UL Solutions will continue to help customers evolve and succeed in meeting the new challenges and opportunities that new automotive technologies introduce.
Driving safe electromagnetic and wireless innovations in Asia Pacific
UL Solutions, a global leader in product safety, strives to serve as the risk mitigation partner of choice for our customers around the world. The acquisition of KBW Corporation, a South Korea-based testing and market access services provider for medical devices and consumer technology products, expands our presence in South Korea and the Asia Pacific region while deepening our expertise in electromagnetic, wireless and safety testing for the medical device and consumer technology industries.
Advancing wire and cable design and manufacturing digitization
Emerging technologies within smart cities, Industry 4.0, mobility and communications industries rely on wire and cable as the backbone to deliver new service offerings. The acquisition of Cimteq Limited, which creates design support and manufacturing software, expands our capabilities to help wire and cable manufacturers optimize their product development and manufacturing processes while enhancing product safety and compliance. Using Cimteq software can help wire and cable manufacturers to effectively plan and manage the development process, react quickly to changing market opportunities and customer demands, and significantly reduce scrap.
Accelerating the delivery of automotive processes and safety-critical system services
Automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and component and system suppliers increasingly seek a sole provider with holistic safety, security and quality services that support multiple standards, regulations and other technical requirements. The acquisition of Kugler Maag Cie — a Germany-based provider of process excellence, assessment and training resources supporting the automotive industry — expands our offerings, empowering our customers to accelerate the delivery of automotive processes and safety-critical system services.
Championing growth in Vietnam’s manufacturing sector
Vietnam’s burgeoning manufacturing sector is transforming into a global provider of electronics, computing equipment, electronic integrated circuits, appliances, lighting, and wire and cable. To help manufacturers in Vietnam open new markets and succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace, UL Solutions opened a new laboratory in Hai Duong, complementing our existing offices and laboratory in Ho Chi Minh City. The laboratory provides testing for engineered materials, wire and cable, appliances, lighting, refrigeration, and consumer technologies, as well as UL Solutions Follow-Up Services to help safeguard a more compliant supply chain.
Empowering Mexico's dynamic economy
UL Solutions stands committed to applying our testing and certification expertise to help Mexico’s manufacturers thrive in efficiently bringing their safe innovations to market. We have built on our three-decade history in Mexico with our new laboratory in Querétaro. The laboratory — one of the first multinational testing laboratories to open in Mexico — houses testing facilities for engineered materials, wire and cable, appliances, lighting, refrigeration, and consumer technologies. The laboratory offers local testing for the UL Mark for the U.S. and Canada, and we are striving for approvals to provide testing services for the Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOM) mark for Mexico and Latin America.
Supporting innovation in Taiwan
UL Solutions expanded its laboratory footprint in Taiwan, helping facilitate innovation across the mobility spectrum. As four major vehicle trends impact the automotive industry advances — connected, shared, autonomous and electric — our two new laboratories, located in Hinschu and Taipei, help regional automotive components and electronics manufacturers enter the global market safely and quickly. Our new automotive electromagnetic capability (EMC) laboratory provides manufacturers with a complete range of testing services and a single source of service, while our state-of-the-art e-mobility and energy laboratory offers a wide range of safety-related tests for electric bike (eBike) power systems and EVs in a single location.
“This new brand signals to the world the evolution of our mission and highlights the full suite of solutions we offer in pursuit of our Ambition: to be our customers' most-trusted science-based safety, security and sustainability partner.”
Clarifying our role in working for a safer world
The UL enterprise marked a significant moment in its history when it revealed new brands for UL Research Institutes, UL Standards & Engagement and UL Solutions. The brands reflect and clarify the unique role that each organization plays in working for a safer world. The UL Solutions brand represents our commitment to partnering with customers and stakeholders around the world to help solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. As a global safety science leader, we deliver testing, inspection and certification services, together with software products and advisory offerings, that support our customers’ product innovation and business growth. While our brands evolve and differentiate, we share a history of safety science leadership and a commitment to working for a safer world.
Improving compliance and confidence in fire resistance products after Grenfell Tower fire
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, regulations now require those who manufacture construction products and systems for installation in the U.K. to provide detailed test data for their projects. To meet the urgent demand for more U.K. fire testing facilities, UL Solutions and the Fire Protection Association (FPA) opened a major new fire resistance testing laboratory in Blockley, Gloucestershire. This dynamic collaboration offers manufacturers and system providers greater access to the tests and certifications required to meet U.K. regulations and those of regulators around the world.
Advancing offshore wind development
According to the Global Wind Energy Council’s 2021 Global Offshore Wind Report, offshore wind shows the greatest growth potential of any renewable technology, with seven times more capacity than the current market. UL Solutions launched a new office in Glasgow, Scotland, to serve as the global hub for this promising market. From our new location in Scotland — a major global hotspot of pioneering offshore wind development — we will offer technical advisory, due diligence services and software to the full spectrum of offshore wind stakeholders.
“We’re incredibly grateful for UL Solutions unwavering commitment to helping RMHC improve the health and well-being of the millions of children and families we serve each year. The partnership is critical as we continue to prioritize and implement environmental sustainability measures that support families with seriously ill or injured children."
Providing healthier indoor environments for children and families during their medical journey
UL Solutions proudly partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families with sick children, as their first-ever partner solely dedicated to supporting global sustainability efforts. Throughout 2023, UL Solutions will provide pro bono UL Verified Healthy Building services at select RMHC® Chapters in the U.S., using established testing methods that verify indoor air quality. Our indoor environmental experts will also provide skills-based training to RMHC® staff and volunteers on healthy indoor environments. The year-long, multifaceted partnership supports the mission of both organizations by leveraging UL Solutions' scientific expertise to help provide healthier indoor environments for children and their families during their medical journey. In addition to UL Verified Healthy Building services and skills-based training, UL Solutions has also launched Families Helping Families, an employee volunteer campaign that offers UL Solutions' employees the opportunity to help support RMHC® families in over 60 countries and regions through various activities.
Customer-centric redesign showcases UL Solutions software
Information about our software offerings was scattered across industry sections on UL.com and our family of websites. This made it hard for our customers to quickly find information needed to make a purchasing decision. Our redesigned top-level software menu now provides a comprehensive and centralized view of our offerings supporting computer performance benchmarking; ESG and sustainability; learning management; occupational health management; product design and compliance; renewable energy; and supply chain transparency. Furthermore, our revamped software pages make it much easier for customers to quickly understand the features and advantages of our offerings.
UL Solutions ComplianceWire® achieves half a billion trainings
This milestone substantiates the central role played by ComplianceWire® in supporting regulatory compliance and employee education needs of pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics companies in 153 countries. ComplianceWire is also used by regulatory agencies in the U.S., Brazil, China and India. ComplianceWire has developed more than 100 life sciences training courses through a longstanding collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well.
UL Solutions Bangalore laboratory receives top honor from Quality Council of India
UL Solutions proudly announces that the Quality Council of India’s (QCI’s) National Board for Quality Promotion named our Bangalore laboratory a center of excellence for science and laboratory operations. The QCI also applauded the laboratory’s quality management system, digitalized processes, sustainability efforts and exceptional service to customers, employees and community.
Expanding built environment safety testing and certification services in the U.K.
After many years of supporting the building facade industry from our Telford, U.K., facilities, on Oct. 24, 2022, UL Solutions announced we will be opening a new, larger testing and certification facility in Telford to provide comprehensive services for building products and systems manufacturers at a single location. With the expansion, the facility will provide mechanical testing and certification for physical security, durability and performance of doors, windows and hardware, along with weather resistance testing and performance mock-up testing for full-scale wall assemblies.
Coming together as a global scientific community
We believe the world’s greatest challenges are best overcome through collaboration. UL Solutions has joined the New York Academy of Sciences, along with IBM and Google, as a founding member of the International Science Reserve (ISR). We will help lead ISR, a network of open scientific communities bringing together specialized resources from across the globe, to prepare for and help abate complex and urgent global crises, such as extreme weather, cybercrime, climate change and pandemics.